RMGroup exhibiting at this year's PPMA Show

RMGroup manufacturers and suppliers of manual & automated packaging systems will be exhibiting their innovative packaging systems at this year's PPMA Show. The PPMA Show is the largest processing and packaging machinery exhibition in the UK showcasing the very latest technologies from industrial robots and automation technology, and is held on the 30th of September to the 2nd of October at the NEC in Birmingham.

IMTS 2014 - Solutions for the manufacturing industry on display IMTS 2014 by plastics specialist igus

At IMTS, igus will have on display a number of industrial solutions, including their e-spool and Triflex RSP Energy Chain Systems, DryLin E motorized linear systems, and heavy-duty PRT slewing ring bearings, all extensively tested in the igus test lab for reliability to lower customer maintenance and downtime.

The new ABB IRB 1200 robot is ideal for material handling, machine tending and small parts assembly applications

Have you ever wanted to make your machines 15% smaller and 10% faster? ABB's new IRB 1200 allows you to do exactly that.

Harvest Automation Robots Reduce Production Costs and Increase Capacity

As a result of their robot purchases Bailey Nurseries can switch to this new configuration and gain up to 15% more space for free.

GeckoSystems Featured as One of Six Key Market Players in Mobile Robotics Industry

The global mobile robotics market was valued at USD 6,249.6 million in 2012 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.6% during the forecast period from 2013 to 2019.

Ellipse Series, a Brand New Family of Miniature Inertial Sensors: More Accurate & Robust for the Same Budget

SBG Systems releases the Ellipse Series, a brand new product range of miniature inertial systems replacing the IG-500 Series. For the same budget, customers benefits from higher accuracy, advanced filtering and features inspired from high end inertial navigation systems.

Robotics Alley, PaR Systems Partner on Manufacturing & Assembly Track

The producers of the 2014 Robotics Alley Conference & Expo turned to automation provider PaR Systems to help develop content for a Manufacturing & Assembly Track.

Unmanned Aircraft Partnership Reaches Major Milestone

The demonstration marks a significant milestone in a partnership between the university and Lockheed Martin that began earlier this year.

Robotics Alley Announces Scholarship Award Winner

The Robotics Alley Conference & Expo, in partnership with the Minnesota High Tech Association, has named its 2014 STEM scholarship award winner.

Powerful Laser Diodes in a TO Housing

635 nm Laser Diode at 500 mW

High Speed Bipedal Robot Running Using High Speed Visual Feedback

From University of Tokyo:

ACHIRES is composed of high-speed vision and high-speed actuators to achieve instantaneous recognition and behavior. The similar technologies are used in our Janken (Rock Paper Scissors) Robot. High-speed vision detects the state of the biped robot including the timing of landing at 600 fps. The biped mechanism with the leg length of 14 cm is set to run in the sagittal plane. At present, the running velocity reaches 4.2 km/h. Simple control based on high-speed performance of sensory-motor system enables the biped robot to stably run without falling, unlike computationally expensive ZMP-based control which is commonly used for balance. The aerial posture is recovered to compensate for the deviation from the stable trajectory using high-speed visual feedback.

We also address a task of somersaulting. While running, the robot takes a big swing with one foot and jumps. After takeoff, both legs are controlled to curl up for high-speed rotation in the air. ACHIRES is going to be improved to push the envelope while demonstrating various biped locomotion tasks... (cont'd)

Beginners Tutorial: Autonomous Robot Control Theory

From Nick McCrea at Toptal:

In this article, I’m going to describe the control scheme of my simulated robot, illustrate how it interacts with its environment and achieves its goals, and discuss some of the fundamental challenges of robotics that I encountered along the way... (full article)

Robotic Biopsy System Drives the Point Home

Compact, high-torque motors precisely control biopsy needle to improve speed, efficiency, and radiation exposure.

ReWalk Robotics updates IPO terms

ReWalk Robotics plans on selling 3.35 million of its shares in an IPO that will trade on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "RWLK." The pricing terms were not disclosed. Barclays Capital and Jefferies will serve as underwriters. Based in the U.S., Israel and Germany, ReWalk is a maker of wearable robotic exoskeletons for individuals with spinal cord injury. Its backers include SCP Vitalife Partners. Yaskawa Electric Corp. Israel Healthcare Ventures, Pontifax and Previz Ventures.

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

IPR Robotics - Right-Sized 7th Axis Robot Linear Rails

IPR Robotics - Right-Sized 7th Axis Robot Linear Rails

IPR Robotics offers a wide range of servo-driven 7th axis linear rails for industrial robots. These rails come in ten different sizes and are constructed from modular high strength extruded aluminum sections to handle payloads of 100 kg to 1600 kg or from steel to handle 2000 kg payloads. This variety of rail sizes allows each application to be sized correctly, controlling the space required and the price point. The drive train design of these rails utilizes helical gear-racks and is proven over 10 years to be repeatable and reliable, even in tough foundry applications.